City of Tama, Iowa

TAMA CITY HALLLincoln Highway Bridge
305 Siegel Street
Tama, IA  52339
(641) 484-3822


Council meets bi-monthly 1st & 3rd Monday, 6:00 pm

Mayor Doug Ray
Matt Beatty
Emily Babinat
Aaron Haughey

Larry Thomas
Anne Michael

Tama was platted in the year 1862 and was first called Iuka in honor of the men from Tama County who had participated in the battle of Iuka, MS.  Later the name was changed to Tama City and then to Tama, its present name.  Tama is an Indian word “te-i-o-ma-ha’s” which means “the thunder that make the earth tremble”.  He was a fox or Meskwaki brave who led the most powerful secret society called Midewiwin, and was known to lead chiefs and warriors into battle.  His name is preserved in the names Tama County and the city of Tama.

The only original Lincoln Highway Bridge still in existence is located in Tama and is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Another landmark is the Cherry Mansion, built-in 1903 and valued at more than $1M in 1949, its grounds once included a six-hole golf course and a private landing strip, it is now a private residence.  Tama is also the home of Iowa’s oldest recycle paper mill.  Tama’s annual Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival is celebrated in May of each year.

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